Opera North's Madama Butterfly

Winter Season 2018

Giacomo Puccini. Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.
  • Dates Running: 06/03/2018 - 08/03/2018
  • Venue: The Lyric Theatre

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    Opera North: Madama Butterfly
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini


    Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.

    With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair.

    French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.
    ‘Extraordinarily powerful’ Spectator 

    **** ‘Heart-rending’ Times 
    **** ’full of illuminating and subtle touches’ Sunday Telegraph   
    ‘Duprels brings heartbreaking physical fragility and dignity to the doomed geisha’ Sunday Times 
    **** ‘Superb’ Independent  

    Additional information 

    Running Time: Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes
    Language: Sung in Italian with English titles


    Audio Described performance – Thu 8 March at 7.30pm, with a Touch Tour at 6.15pm. 

    To book accessible tickets please call 0161 876 2183 or set up an online booking account by emailing boxofficeadmin@thelowry.com  


    Groups Discount
    £4 OFF, 1 in 10 FREE (Tue & Thu) 
    Call the groups line on 0843 208 6003 for more information. 
    Open Mon to Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm.

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    Cast and Creative Team

    Cast 

    Cio-Cio-San - Anne Sophie Duprels
    Pinkerton - Merunas Vitulskis
    Sharpless - Peter Savidge
    Suzuki - Ann Taylor
    Goro - Joseph Shovelton
    Kate Pinkerton - Katie Bird
    Bonze - Dean Robinson
    Prince Yamadori - Christopher Nairne



    Creative Team 

    Conductor - Martin Pickard
    Director - Tim Albery
    Set Designer - Hildegard Bechtler
    Costume Designer - Ana Jebens
    Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford




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